Potential Solutions

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When faced with a problem or dilemma it is critical that you recognize many potential solutions that could address it. Multiple solutions provide flexibility to management in dealing with the issue at hand. Then one can compare the pros and cons of each solution and choose the one that best solves the problem. The first…

Line of Questioning

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My father taught me many valuable things about business and management that I carry with me to this day. As a plant manager he was faced with a wide variety of complex situations which had to be addressed. One of things that stick with me about his approach to management is the power of a…

We Can If Approaches

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This is another tool inspired by my reading of “The Beautiful Constraint” by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden. The tool involves using 9 different can if approaches to solve problems and break into new thought processes. It offers users different ways of thinking about potential solutions. Easy to understand and utilize, while also being uncomfortable…

Likely Outcomes

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Both realizing and understanding the most likely outcome of an option is important. What is also important is an awareness of the best and worse case scenarios of an option. When comparing various options you always want to aim for that which has the biggest upside, with the lowest possible downside. This can be as simple…

Reverse Chain of Events

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Sometimes it is useful to work your way back through a series of events that led to a more significant event, which for the purposes of this template is called the primary event. Understanding the reverse chain of events will help you better uncover problems or issues so that they might be addressed more effectively in the…

CERO Model

CERO

CERO stands for Cause, Effect, Ramification, and Opportunity. The tool is meant to help you understand different events and how those events affect the organization. From those connections you can spot opportunities that have emerged as a result of those events. This template is an easy to use interactive CERO Model. Managers can use this to…

Effects Analysis

Effects-Analysis

Understanding the causes of an effect is extremely important when it comes to innovation, product development, management, etc. It is basically a series of questions that starts with “why did something happen”. Once you have the reasons or assumptions as to why something happened, then question what caused those reasons or assumptions. After determining the…

Process Improvement Framework

Process-Improvement

Process improvement is one of the most important aspects of obtaining and maintaining competitive advantage. This template is an excellent tool for breaking down a process into steps, determining if those steps can be improved and by how much, and determining how the improvement will be made. Users can go into more detail about the…

FMEA: Failure Modes and Effects Analysis

FMEA

FMEA is a tried and tested method for improving the quality of a product by determining what may cause it to fail, what effects that failure will have on the product, and the causes for that failure. It has since been extended to include services and processes. This template is designed to conduct a FMEA…

Innovation Exercise

Innovation-Exercise

This template is a simple brainstorming exercise that might lead to better ideas. Using the Title of the Note Elements to convey a word or thought, they can then be expanded upon in the Note Section of the Information Panel. When you think of a problem in your organization, what words come to mind? For…

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